Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. Now in our 34th Year of Ministry.
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Prayers for your use.  Updated 12/31/16

 

This is the Ray Of Hope Church statement on the Doctrine of Universal Salvation.

 

We believe that Salvation is a gift that God has given to the entire human race.  Romans Chapter Five explains this Doctrine of Universal Salvation.  Oneís personal salvation is assured by believing in God as per John 5:24.  Salvation is best known through the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, and through rebirth by the Holy Spirit. (Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc . By-Laws September, 2011  Lines 1141 Ė 1148)

 

One of the greatest universal prayers is the Gloria.  Here it is as we use it with inclusive language.

 

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to Godís people on earth.
You are the One God, Sovereign of the universe,
Only Holy God, we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of God:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord of all,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of the
Holy Unity of God. Amen.

 

Prayers for salvation of all people to be made holy and live forever.

 

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy. Amen  (Fatima prayer)

 

A prayer for universal salvation one can pray anytime, and especially just before receiving Holy Communion. 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, with faith in your love and your mercy we partake of your Body and Blood as you command.  May this not bring us condemnation, as Scripture warns, but bring us health in mind, body, soul and spirit.  And we pray, O God, that all people everywhere will be reassembled without the loss of anyone in your Eternal Kingdom of love and glory.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen  (Br. Benedict)

 

The following is a Prayer for our Congregation we started praying on Pentecost Sunday in 2016.  You may adapt this prayer for your needs by changing the words where you see (**).  Change the text there to fit your circumstance.  Some suggestions include  relationship    family   school   marriage  organization, and any other special circumstance that is open to an invocation of the Holy Spirit such as this one.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that your Holy Spirit continue to move in our (**) congregation in ways always new and refreshing.  We open our hearts to be a dwelling place, a home, a temple of your Holy Spirit.  Empower us as you see fit with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used as servants of God, disciples of Christ, and witnesses of Godís love and Godís eternal plan. Come Holy Spirit, come, and impassion us with your Divine Love.  Stir and enkindle within us the flames of compassion, forgiveness, patience, empathy, Joy in believing, thanksgiving and praise, and love for Godís holy Will.  Build up within us an expectant faith with a view of (**)church that is full of possibilities and potential.  Guide our lives, we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen. (5-17,19-16 / Pentecost Br. Benedict)

 

The following is a well known traditional prayer asking for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

Come,  Holy  Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your divine Love.  Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. 

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of your faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise, and  ever rejoice in the Spiritís consolation, through Christ our Lord, Amen

 

Here is a traditional and well known prayer you can pray when you want to receive Holy Communion but are not able to physically received the actual bread and wine.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

Oh My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you.  Jesus, I place all my trust in you.  Amen.